The city council of Ceres, California, appoved the use of a low interest loan from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for the purchase of LED streetlight fixtures earlier this week. The loan will allow the city of Ceres to convert all city-owned streetlights to LED streetlight fixtures. Funds totaling $1.193 million will be used to purchase and install over two thousand LED streetlight fixtures manufactured by BetaLED, a division of Ruud Lighting/Cree of Sturtevant, Wisconsin.
“The city will use the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) turnkey program for the purchase of the LED streetlights,” said Michael Riddell, public works superintendent for the city of Ceres. Following a full audit of the city’s streetlights, scheduled to be completed in approximately three weeks, PG&E will solicit bids for the installation component of the project. The city of Ceres expects to purchase and install about 2,200 LED streetlights.
“Calculations show that we will save about $108,000 annually in energy cost savings, and another $60,000 to $80,000 in maintenance and operation savings in the first several years of the installation,” said Riddell. The city will also receive a rebate of $66,000 from the Turlock Irrigation District (TID), supplier of electrical power. In response to the upcoming installation, the TID has created a rate tariff to reflect the reduced energy consumption of LED technology, resulting in significant energy savings for the city. The energy and maintenance savings will be used to repay the CEC loan.
“We previously tested induction technology and LED technology in comparison with our existing high pressure sodium and mercury vapor streetlights,” said Riddell. Illumination, performance, adaptive controls and increased resistance to vandalism were factors in choosing LED streetlights. “The BetaLED fixtures are equipped with adaptive controls, a CEC requirement, which allow the fixture to be managed remotely, such as dimming. Although we are not going to use this feature immediately, it is great to have those options,” said Riddell.